Lysistrata (Clarendon Paperbacks) by Aristophanes

By Aristophanes

The 1st new version in virtually sixty years, this quantity of Aristophanes' Lysistrata brings the play thoroughly modern with glossy scholarship. It presents the 1st whole account of its heritage and includes new information regarding the comedian theater and its social and political context. Lysistrata not just brims with topical references to social lifestyles, faith, and politics in classical Athens; it's also one among our greatest assets for info at the lifetime of girls in antiquity, delivering a distinct glimpse in their way of life.

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MOTHER-IN-LAW. You’re very clever. 6. Angels DAN, a vicar. Three WOMEN in hats. WOMAN 1 has a bag of jumble. DAN (to audience). I don’t believe God is necessarily male. WOMAN 1. Where shall I put the jumble? DAN. In the vestry. WOMAN 2. Do you believe in angels? WOMAN 3. But when it comes to the ordination of women, have we your support or not? DAN. I don’t believe God is necessarily male in the conventional … But I do think there’s a time and a place … I entirely agree with the bishop when he – WOMAN 2.

ROY (aloud again). Twenty pounds you owe me, that’s the best way. Then I’ll go away. When you’ve killed the baby it’s going to be quiet. LENA. All right. The SPIRIT climbs onto ROY’s back and pushes him down onto the table. LENA washes a shawl in a baby bath. iv. LENA returns to the table. ROY. So I’ll phone up and book today. I could really do with a break myself. I know how much you’ve been wanting to go away. LENA. I have to talk to you. I think if you go to the bathroom. I think Sally’s drowned.

She drinks. She takes off the housecoat. YVONNE’s dress is now yellow. WOMAN A and WOMAN B come into YVONNE’s room and sit on the bed. She fills their glasses and her own. They all drink. The music returns. YVONNE and the two WOMEN dance. After a moment, YVONNE retches and pulls away from them. The WOMEN offer her another drink. She rushes to her bed and kicks off her shoes. The music stops. The TWO WOMEN return to their places and go on drinking. YVONNE. A – apple. B – butterfly. C – caramel. D – doughnut.

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